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“Skool’s Out” to lunchtime concert

Media Release
26 April 2005

“Skool’s Out” to lunchtime concert

Polyphusion - a series of 3 showcase events for Christchurch's Pasifika and Maori established and emerging musicians and their music, will include ‘Skool’s Out’, a lunchtime concert in the square on Friday 27 May, of 5 local High School bands as part of the nationwide NZ Music Month celebration.

Developed from last year’s one off concert in the square, Polyphusion has grown to include bands from Aranui High School, Hornby High School, Christchurch Boys’ High School, Mairehau High School and Shirley Boys’ High School. Mark Vanilau of local band ‘Tribalincs’, a Music Mentor at these schools, and one of the organisers of Polyphusion presented the concept as support for young musicians, and encouragement to take part in these kind of events and those already accessible to them, like the Coke Smokefree Rockquest.

“There is a rise in numbers of young musicians coming out of this programme, so Polyphusion is a step up from performing at their School Assemblies, to preparation for the Coke Smokefree Rockquest later on in the year, and the students are pretty excited about it all.” says Vanilau.

The 2 other events of Polyphusion are; “Live” on Sat 21 May, Jetset Lounge from 8pm til late, and “Unplugged” on Wed 31 May at the Dux de Lux from
6pm - late. Bands confirmed so far are Tribalincs, Pacific Underground, Que, Sound Source and T.A.O.S.

Vanilau joins, Vaemu Fidow of local R&B band ‘Que’, Tanya Muagututi’a and Pos Mavaega of performing arts collective Pacific Underground, and Earl Simpson in support of local Pasifika and Maori musicians, an ideal that has been the foundation of Pacific Underground Music Production (P.U.M.P) since it’s early days.

“The night time concerts give opportunities for the more established musicians to showcase their stuff loud and proud “Live” at the Jetset Lounge on the 21st May, and then again in an intimate acoustic set “Unplugged” at the Dux de Lux on the last day of the month…” explains Mavaega “…and not all of the bands have played at these venues, so there’s another opportunity there…so Polyphusion gives that platform for bands to look at marketing themselves.”

An informal workshop will be held at “Unplugged”, Wed 31 May, Dux de Lux from 6pm, before the music begins. Polyphusion is supported by by APRA/AMCOS, and Core Education, and Pacific Underground and Tribalincs.


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